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GP Week : Issue 126
RALLY news >> FIA U-turn on 2WD DECIDED at the World Rally Championship Commission last week was that the FIA’s Production Car Cup for Drivers of 2WD Cars, the subsidiary to the PCWRC, was not now going to be cancelled in mid-season. The FIA’s instruction given earlier to the Neste Oil Rally Finland to remove Harry Hunt and Mikko Pajunen from the list of PCWRC runners is to be rescinded. Other matters discussed at the Commission included the way in which the structure of the 2012 world championship can be modified. Currently the Makes championship admits not only manufacturer teams themselves, but also private teams using the same type of cars as the makes teams, private teams which run cars not used by registered official teams and also single_entry ‘teams’. A further topic under discussion concerns the way in which pre-event shakedown can be used for qualifying for Day1 running order as well as the opportunity to set up cars for the forthcoming event. Proton takes Pacific Cup PROTON Satria Neo S2000 driver Chris Atkinson (right) has won the 2011 FIA Pacific Cup, as a result of his outright victories in both the New Caledonia Rally and now the Whangarei Rally in New Zealand. The Cup comprises three of the events in the Asia Pacific series, but ironically it was on the first round, the Queensland Rally held in Atkinson’s home Australian state, that a third victory was denied. Here he was forced to retire on account of alternator problems. Two events (Japan and China) remain to be run in the full Asia Pacific championship which Atkinson is also leading. The last time a Proton driver won an FIA series was when Karamjit Singh won the Asia Pacific series in 2004 (for a third time) in a four wheel drive turbocharged Proton Per t. 2011 Monte Carlo Rally winner Bryan Bouffier has been excluded from second place on the Ypres Rally, thereby dropping back from his second place in the IRC Rally Championship. Almost one month after the end of the Belgian round of the IRC, scrutineers have rejected the car. It is reported that non- homologated parts were fitted to the steering of his Peugeot 207S2000. Different Peugeot cars have been used by Bouffier through the season. Bouffier had been the strongest challenger to the Skoda drivers who have been dominating the IRC series. Skoda drivers now lie 1-2 -3 in the championship with five events still to run. A Peugeot source has said that the problem arose from an assembly mistake. Photo: Ridder Bouffier excluded from Ypres Tarmac drivers named for Deutschland 19